Grower Tour (Wednesday)

Gower Tour 

Wednesday, July 26

This tour includes coach transportation, lunch, dinner, and admission to the scenic Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, where all Wednesday tours will meet for dinner. This tour is included in the CORE EVENT PACKAGE, but may be purchased separately. Registration by June 1 is $219 for Members and $249 for Non-Members. Rates are $239 and $269 after June 1.

Little Valley Wholesale Nursery, Brighton

Established in 1979, Little Valley Wholesale Nursery has approximately 141 acres of field and container stock under production. They offer more than 700 varieties of perennials, 500 varieties of container shrubs and trees, and 260 varieties of balled-and-burlapped trees and shrubs, over half of which are grown in their fields. Little Valley works closely with Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens testing, growing, and distributing new Plant Select® varieties. Many of the plants Little Valley produces are being tested on site.

Greenhouse Growing System

Greenhouse Growing System™ is a Colorado Industrial Hemp Company dedicated to servicing the Hemp Industry with new standards in Hemp Seed, Small Plants, Clones, Genetics, and Testing.

Country Fair/Welby Gardens at Westwoods, Arvada

The garden center is now in its 12th year of operation featuring 25,000 square feet of indoor greenhouse and showroom and 10,000 square feet of nursery areas. The garden center fronts 8 acres of wholesale greenhouse growing area and 2 ½ acres of Quonsets and outdoor perennial growing area. Hardy Boy Summer Trials are held here every August where more than 400 the industry’s experts evaluate more than 800-1000 new varieties (mostly annuals). The wholesale greenhouses specialize in growing the company’s perennials, containers, hanging baskets, geraniums, Easter lilies and poinsettia crops.

Center Greenhouse, Denver

The Yantorno family purchased the property that is now Center Greenhouse in 1889 and began farming for a living. The property remained a farm until early 1950 at which time the third generation started building greenhouses to grow cut carnations. The conversion to bedding plants began in 1973. Through the years, the family business has evolved into a state of the art growing facility for pre-finished liners and finished product. The pre-finished plugs and liners are shipped nationally through the leading industry brokers while the finished annuals, perennials, herbs, ornamental grasses and designer hanging baskets known as Power Flowers are sold in the Colorado and Southern Wyoming markets.

Paulino Gardens, Denver

In 1960 the Paulino family started selling fresh vegetables and from those modest beginnings has grown to be one of Colorado’s favorite and largest full service nursery and garden centers. The acres that surround the greenhouses are lined each spring with unending, arrow straight rows of evergreens, deciduous trees, ground covers, and 8,000 beautiful roses. Decorative rock, flagstone, moss rock and a full line of garden statuary and fountains are available to complement any size yard.

Creek Side Gardens

Creek Side Gardens is a family owned and operated retail garden center located on five acres of property in Littleton, Colorado. With just less than an acre of covered greenhouse growing area, Creek Side specializes in the production of annual flower container gardens and hanging baskets, plus over 250 different varieties of perennials selected especially for sale to their Rocky Mountain gardening customers. A large majority of all annuals and perennials sold are produced on-site. Containerized roses, shrubs and trees round out their landscape plant selection, in addition to the big selection of decorative pottery, garden supplies and not to mention, an eclectic gift and home décor shop.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, Littleton

Chatfield Farms is home to a wide variety of gardens. Native wildflower gardens around the visitor center were designed by Lauren Springer-Ogden to showcase native prairie habitats.  Chatfield partners with the Butterfly Pavilion each year to install and showcase a butterfly house. On the site, there are gardens surrounding the historic farm homes and buildings. Chatfield Farms is a busy place with Community Supporting Agriculture, Corn Maze, and pumpkin festivals they blend together and agricultural history and cutting edge horticulture. The gardens create a perfect backdrop for PPA’s dinner, while we share ideas learned through the day.


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